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Frenchman Kevin Mayer withdraws from the San Diego decathlon, where he hoped to qualify for the Paris Olympics

The disappointment is great for Kevin Mayer. The headliner of French athletics was forced to retire on Thursday March 21, after only four events in the decathlon in San Diego, California, where he hoped to qualify for the Paris Olympic Games (July 26 – August 11).

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The 32-year-old athlete, visibly hampered in his right leg, failed to clear a bar during the high jump. He has until June 30 to achieve the Olympic minimums (8,460 points).

The double Olympic vice-champion in the decathlon suffered a setback four months before the Games at home, the goal of a lifetime, he who hoped to take advantage of the small university meeting in San Diego, under the Californian sun, to qualify .

Mayer gave up at the World Championships in Budapest last summer and has not completed a decathlon since his world title acquired in Eugene (Oregon, United States) in July 2022. The Frenchman had decided to start his competition at 1 .89 m, but aborted two jumps, before giving up. “I can’t go”he whispered after an uncertain run-up, while his right thigh and right ankle were bandaged.

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Mayer decided to quit after a meeting with his trainer Alexandre Bonacorsi and the boss of the French athletics team, Romain Barras.

Decathlon world record holder

He had started his day correctly over 100 m, before experiencing a first alarm during the length, slightly twisting his left knee during the warm-up due to the loss of two spikes under his shoes.

World decathlon record holder (9,126 points in 2018), Kevin Mayer still has three months to complete a decathlon and achieve the Olympic minimums. But his quest for the Olympics suffered another setback after he gave up on a first qualifying decathlon in December in Australia. Above all, this new abandonment raises questions about his physical state, which has increased the pain and injuries in recent years.

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The World with AFP

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